For cars that are 3 years or older, the headlights can get blurred and cause driving safety issue. Benee’s feature-heavy debut album is also a chance to flex her own A&R muscles. People's Choice Awards . It’s released now and there’s nothing you can do about it. “But I kind of realized that water polo wasn’t something that I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” she says. I think it’s constantly changing. BTS: What’s been the biggest challenge for you when it’s come to making music thus far? Many people may be suffering from psoriatic arthritis and not know. “So I ended up dropping it for music.”, She started on Soundcloud, as more of a fun fantasy than anything realistic. Benee sleeps easy now thanks to her “guard dog” and new home security system (“because I’m fuckin’ paranoid”). 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', Michelle Obama shows off her natural curls, bare-faced glow in birthday selfie, Psoriatic Arthritis (Catching Signs Early Matters), Kamala Harris's grandnieces wear animal-print coats to inauguration in nod to her childhood photo, Tiffany Haddish shows off newly toned body, President Biden’s granddaughters praised for ‘major fashion moment’ at inauguration. The singer-songwriter was the first New Zealand artist to be named Apple Music’s Up Next artist when they deemed her such this summer, and today she follows the success of her single “Supalonely” — certified platinum in the U.S. with more than 2 billion streams worldwide — with her debut album, “Hey u x.” The breakout, who was born Stella Bennett, has worked with the likes of Grimes, Lily Allen, Flo Milli, Mallrat and Gus Dapperton on the album, and describes it as intentionally “all over the place.”, “It’s kind of just my vibe. Somewhere in an alternative universe that is not the U.S., there exists a rampant live local music scene, and Benee promises it’s all the rage. In an interview with the singer, it notes it has racked up more than 100 million streams on Spotify and Youtube, “a healthy percentage of which have no doubt come from people on lockdown … Steve Lacy, King Krule, Rex Orange County, those kind of artists. She tells us about making music in unprecedented times. BENEE: Yes, exactly! “Hey u x” is both a relic of something she’d put work in on prior to the chaos of 2020 (definitely not the kind of organized chaos she seeks out) and songs she wrote during lockdown, meant to capture the feelings of isolation that so many have experienced this year. Some of her favorite bands include Arctic Monkeys, LANY, and Catfish & The Bottlemen. Soldier comes home after months of being away, realizes why wife was acting strange. 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I hope that doesn't happen. “I like to have the kind of freedom to do whatever I want,” Benee says. Tickets start from $54.90 (excluding booking fees) and go on sale at 12pm Thursday, June 25. A more contagious strain of the coronavirus is spreading throughout the U.S. Will doubling up on face masks help? Gina Scarpino is Beyond The Stage's Managing Editor and has working with the publication since 2017. Sign up for WWD's Newsletter. Benee grew up in Auckland and developed a taste for music early, passed down from her parents. But it's a weird thing to think about: If you get old, what will happen to your life? “Glitter” was premiered on Australian radio station triple j just hours before Benee’s debut EP was available on streaming services. In the announcement post for the premier, Benee Benee's aesthetic is maximalist and free-ranging—'honestly, I'm inspired by everything, even stuff I don't like,' she said—but she cites James Blake, Björk, and Grimes as visual influences. I've been sitting on some of these songs for so long. Donald Trump's youngest daughter announced her engagement with a photo at the White House. I’ve never been to Berlin, Amsterdam, and Stockholm, which was amazing. The comedian and actress talked about her plans for another baby. BENEE's highly anticipated debut album 'Hey u x' is finally here! Did you know that our team works around the clock to create content, help you see news from your favorite artists and grow our team? BENEE: They’ve been really cool and very fun. I made pizzas and washed dishes at a little pizza shop all year and also wrote in the studio, and now we’re here! A young Stella (Benee) with her actor mother Tania Anderson (who is now her PA). BTS: Who are some of your biggest influences? Trust us, any amount is greatly appreciated. Benee even had to ward off a stalker who followed her in their car while recording her on their phone. Everyone’s just so amped, and I think it’s really exciting,” she says over Zoom from her home in Auckland. “I was like, ‘whoa this is insane.’”. At her first-ever writing session in L.A., New Zealand pop singer BENEE turned her breakup into a hit that's now climbing the Hot 100. BTS: Can you tell us how you got started making music? “I like messy kinds of stuff and I like stuff that you wouldn’t think that it would work, but then it does.”. CDM: “My mind likes to wind itself up,” is a … Also Lily Allen, Amy Winehouse, that kind of thing. I think it’s such an important time right now to be open, speak out and normalise these kinds of things, because there are so many people all over the world experiencing the same anxieties right now,” she tells British And I'm just waiting, like so … BENEE: That would be what my parents listened to. President Biden might have been at the center of Wednesday’s inaugural festivities, but it was his four granddaughters who stole the spotlight by the end of the evening after stepping out in showstopping designer looks. Hailing from New Zealand, the adorable and quirky BENEE is using R&B, Pop, and Electronic influences to introduce music fans to a new, fresh sound. I don't know, I think "Snail" is still a lockdown song. When she's not photographing a show, you can find her looking up new recipes to cook, teaching herself new tricks in Photoshop, or loudly quoting Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The 18-year-old Swedish environmental activist bid the 45th president farewell on social media. BENEE: It’s been pretty crazy. But getting songs to be perfect is really the hardest part for me. The fans who wore Converse and pearls to honor Kamala Harris on Inauguration Day weren’t the only ones paying sartorial tribute to the newly minted vice president. “Kool” is a relaxed jazz number, while “Happen To Me” is Benee’s favourite song that details her mental health struggles. “I haven’t really spoken much about [my mental health] in the past. I guess it’s kind of like Alternative-Indie Pop with an R&B twist. BENEE: In 2017 I was in my last year of high school, and everyone was trying to figure out what they were going to do with their lives and I really didn’t know what I wanted to do. The first verse that’s in the track is the first take that we did, so it’s really emotional and sad. A more contagious strain of COVID is spreading in the U.S. Should you double up on face masks? All RIGHTS RESERVED. But the psychological sense of being exposed may be harder to solve. In October 2020, Benee departed on a headlining tour of New Zealand October 2020, and formed her own record label named Olive. [Laughs] Oh, golly. It’s Benee’s world and we’re all lucky to live in it. I'm a designer—obsessed with organization—and these 10 products will whip your home into shape, fast, Tiffany Haddish, 41, flaunts body transformation: ’Snatched', The Current Cost Of Water Filters May Surprise You, Tiffany Trump announces engagement to Michael Boulos, Supporters rush to second gentleman Douglas Emhoff's defense after critics call his title ‘emasculating', Feeling relieved? Our issues include anyone from your neighborhood indie rock band to musicians selling out huge arenas. Or I could fall off a cliff and die. BENEE: It’s about wanting someone who’s already taken, but I didn’t want to be that gal. Hear BENEE chat to Richard Kingsmill about making her debut album, its big guests, and the break-up that inspired some of her songs below and in the 2020 podcast. We operate on a 45 day cycle. BTS: What do you have going on for the rest of 2019? It’s inspired by a black house spider I saw in my room. BTS: They should be perfect though, especially since you’re going to be playing them live over and over again. : But it’s really exciting. That’s why I think it’s so important to me to really try and get everything just right, even though it can be really difficult some times. I like the idea of everything being organized chaos,” she says. The most memorable moments on Hey u x arrive when BENEE pairs that emotional honesty with creative production.Both ‘Winter’ and ‘Night Garden’ explore the anxiety of being watched, but while the first suffers from a slightly bland refrain, the latter is more effective at communicating that creeping sense of dread thanks to Kenny Beats’ inventive production, a fitting guest verse from Bakar, and one … “I’ve missed it so much and I actually don’t know if we’ll be able to go to things for that much longer. I’m just happy that it’s out. For the latest news, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. It’s the most vulnerable I’ve been with my music so far. We’ve just been a lot of fun bouncing around on stage, and the audience just makes it really chill and fun. Michelle Obama arrived wearing a plum suit made by Sergio Hudson paired with a matching plum belt with a large gold buckle. Many are sharing on social media that they’re sleeping better and breathing easier after the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Here is one quick fix. So ever since then I've been like, I'm going to do this.' On that night, I have a gig in Auckland, which will be a lot of fun for celebrating the release. I had been listening to mixes and thinking, ‘This song is too long’ or ‘I hate the bridge’. On Tuesday, the 41-year-old actress shared before-and-after photos of her figure to Instagram. Whether it’s the cartoonish wonderland in the guitar-soaked music video for 2019’s bittersweet 'Glitter', a song that spawned its own viral TikTok dance challenge with over 90,000 videos; or the kaleidoscopic planet portrayed on the poster artwork by illustrator Jack Irvine to promote her national tour in October, the 20-year-old’s unpretentious pop … The 20-year-old Auckland native reports out of New Zealand that not only has she been playing shows — full, normal capacity shows — but she’s just as committed to supporting other artists and has been going to concerts every weekend. Somewhere in an alternative universe that is not the U.S., there exists a rampant live local music scene, and Benee promises it’s all the rage. It was kind of about that time after you’ve broken up with someone and they start hitting you up again and you’re just really confused. The record spans 13 tracks described to be “an eclectic mix of songs” that tell stories of breakups and made-up love stories, and being in LA, all of which BENEE is excited for people to hear. BENEE: In 2017 I was in my last year of high school, and everyone was trying to figure out what they were going to do with their lives and I really didn’t know what I wanted to do. Benee unveiled the kaleidoscopic new video for her latest single "Snail" on Thursday (Oct. 8), and it's anything but slow and slimy.. “The only things I’ve heard is from people messaging me and it hasn’t been hate, which … “I’m sure [with] some people, that wouldn’t phase them. Poet Amanda Gorman recited her original poem "The Hill We Climb" at President Biden's inauguration. Did I say Daniel Cesar and Kaytranada? With Hey u x finally released on Friday, Nov. 13, now it's time for BENEE to celebrate. The "Gossip Girl" star didn't hold back in a new Instagram post about the stressors of pandemic life. So he started working on this really nice, stripped back production. I’m sorry everyone, take it back!” When we talk it’s really not long since the album release, so feedback has been minimal. And I think that that comes even with blending genres and music and trying to create fresh sounds and the artists that I work with, just everything. I got in got in contact with Josh Fountain, who’s my producer now, and my manager Paul and the had me come into the studio so we … Album reviews: Chris Stapleton, Benee, McFly and Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Head to "Work With Us" for our applications. She asked to learn the saxophone when she was eight, while also learning guitar; early music favorites were Radiohead, Bjork and James Blake. BTS: How would you describe your music for someone who hasn’t heard it before? Wednesday’s inauguration will usher in a wave of firsts — including the introduction of America’s very first second gentleman, Douglas Emhoff, spouse to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. I had released a few covers on Soundcloud just for my mates and stuff, and I enrolled in University. We sat down with BENEE ahead of her show in New York City to talk about how she started making music, her process in the studio, and her debut EP FIRE ON MARZZ, which is going to be released this Friday 6/28 via Republic Records. But usually once we do that, we’ll go from there. BENEE: Probably just making stuff that I’m super happy with. I just have a lot of really little things that tick me off. Search for home water filter systems. BENEE: After this tour, I get home on the 27th of June, just in time for my EP FIRE ON MARZZ to come out. What do you imagine things to be like in twenty years from now? For example, the day we wrote “Tough Guy” I played them some stuff by The Internet, as well as “Wild Thoughts” by Rihanna, and I loved the bass and the guitar twang in those songs. It doesn't feel right for the stuff I'm trying to do right now. Purple reigned on Inauguration Day, a signal of power and feminism. She graduated from Columbia College with a degree in Music Business Management in 2017, and has since been working as a full-time freelancer in live event and festival production. Gallant returns with new single “Comeback”, Tate McRae Shares “rubberband” Track + Music Video, Cape Francis: Mental health and consistency key building blocks to his music. Now that you've gone back into lockdown, do you feel like you have to scrap it, like "That didn't work"? Want to work with Beyond The Stage? I’ll usually come in with an idea and then play them a bunch of songs that I’ve been listening to. This may be the biggest gig able to safely happen in the world right now, and it seems appropriate that Benee was the maestro leading the extravaganza. Benee's new tune 'Lownely', a remix of the international hit 'Supalonely', is premiering right here, right now. In high school she was juggling choir, saxophone and water polo and decided to quit it all to focus on water polo. Now, Benee, who's real name is Stella Rose Bennett, is hoping to build on that momentum with a debut album called "Hey U X." Somewhere in an alternative universe that is not the U.S., there exists a rampant live local music scene, and Benee promises it’s all the rage. “I didn’t actually think that I would be able to do it — then people listened to it,” she says. BENEE: I’d like to think it’s a bit of a mix, because when I’m making music I like to mix genres. It’s been pretty crazy, and a lot more people have turned up to my shows then I expected which is crazy to me. Writing wise I just wrote with Josh and I went into the studio and just told him that I was really sad about the situation I was in, and I want to write a sad song. It’s my first proper tour. The trailblazing political leader also got a style nod from her two grandnieces, who took inspiration from a childhood photo of the future VP. You start over-thinking everything. The current cost makes these whole house water filters hard to resist. Fans are applauding the former first lady for "showing us your natural self.". Sleep better? It's time to tidy up the mess and release your stress! I had released a few covers on Soundcloud just for my mates and stuff, and I enrolled in University. For most artists, late-night TV is a rare opportunity to play live in any capacity nowadays, but Benee just finished a tour of her native New Zealand. Benee performed "Supalonely" on the American talk show Late Night with Seth Meyers in October 2020. Both women wore boldly hued ensembles paired with face masks. 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